California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University Monterey Bay


California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a small public university in the 23-campus California State University system on the site of the former U.S. Army base Fort Ord, on theCentral Coast of California. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. CSUMB was founded in 1994 with a student enrollment of 654 students. Classes began August 28, 1995. The founding president was Peter Plympton Smith, Ph.D. It was the 21st campus in the California State University System and took as its slogan “The 21st campus for the 21st century.” The university offers 23 bachelor’s degrees, 7 master’s degrees, and teaching credentials. As of fall 2013, the university has about 5,732 students and 146 full-time faculty members. The university operates on the semester system. The institution seeks to distinguish itself through “outcomes-based education,” with undergraduates required to conduct a capstone research project and compile a portfolio demonstrating competency in their concentration, with a faculty member as adviser. Eduardo M. Ochoa was named interim president in May 2012; his appointment became permanent in May 2013.

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